The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) is pleased to invite nominations and applications for the position of Program Officer, Family Economic Security on the national team. The foundation’s national team focuses on advancing systemic and policy change efforts in promoting thriving children, working families, and equitable communities. The foundation has made a commitment to systemic grantmaking and thought leadership in family economic security, early childhood education, and food, health, and well-being that advances the vision of a future in which every child thrives.
The new program officer will report to Erin Currier, co-lead of the national team. The program officer will contribute to advancing the strategic objectives of the Foundation focused on family economic security and will also be a member of the Employment Equity Chapter led by Jonathan Njus. The program officer will be a senior leader with extensive experience and thought leadership in critical economic security, employment equity, and low-income workforce issues and policies. They will also be a systems thinker, strategic communicator, and partnership-builder who has achieved notable success in the field. In this role, they will be responsible for recommending and approving grants, upholding grantee partnerships, and leveraging the foundation’s role in supporting equitable labor markets and workforce systems. The program officer will bring excellence in their grasp of the systemic factors and market trends that impact economic mobility, workforce development, and job access; the public, private, and nonprofit sectors who are critical to that work; and the flow of federal and state resources toward that end. They will have a deep understanding of the systemic and racial barriers that working families face in both the formal and informal economy, the structural and historic challenges of generating income and building wealth, as well as innovative and promising opportunities to remake the economy so that it includes and benefits all families.
The ideal candidate will have a broad network and connections to leaders and influencers on economic, employment, and worker issues at the national and/or state levels. They will also have a deep knowledge of the policy and systems changes needed to ensure the economic security of our nation’s most vulnerable children and families, with a particular focus on working parents of color. Moreover, they will understand the importance of both high-level policy advocacy and community-level worker organizing in policy and system change efforts. The program officer will serve as a credible representative for the foundation, demonstrate willingness to set aside a personal agenda in favor of the foundation’s and community’s goals and objectives, and strategically communicate WKKF direction and funding interests to various audiences. They will understand how to realize and drive toward social change, not only as a partner with grantee organizations, but also as a leader in philanthropy.
The ideal candidate will be first and foremost committed to the foundation’s mission and will have a current understanding of broad socio-economic, policy and systemic forces affecting the economic well-being of children, their families, and their communities. They will be distinguished as a leader in the economic justice and workforce field, with a strong team orientation, a high tolerance for ambiguity, and the ability to adapt quickly to change.
While no one person will embody all the qualities enumerated below, the ideal candidate will possess many of the following professional and personal abilities, attributes, and experiences:
Policy and Partnerships
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More information about the W.K. Kellogg Foundation may be found at: https://www.wkkf.org
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) is pleased to invite nominations and applications for the position of Program Officer, Family Economic Security on the national team. The foundation’s national team focuses on advancing systemic and policy…
This search is being led by Paola Peacock-Villada and Andres Marcuse-Gonzalez of NPAG. Due to the pace of this search, candidates are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Candidates may submit their cover letter, outlining their interest and qualifications, along with their resume via NPAG’s candidate portal.
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and proudly values diversity. Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.